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Trump cancels Singapore summit with North Korean leader, citing 'open hostility'

US President Donald Trump has cancelled his planned June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

A White House official said a North Korean official's condemnation of US Vice-President Mike Pence as a "political dummy" was "the last straw" that led to the cancellation of the summit.

In a signed letter addressed to Kim, Trump wrote: "Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting."

"Please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place."


United Airlines settles with owner of puppy that died in overhead bin

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United Airlines has reached a "resolution" with the owners of a small French bulldog puppy that died during a flight after a cabin attendant ordered it stowed in an overhead bin in March, the carrier said on Thursday.

United did not disclose how much it would pay the family of the dog, Kokito, in the settlement.

The March incident touched off fresh backlash against the carrier that has made headlines in recent years for various customer service failures.


Harvey Weinstein to surrender to police on sex assault charges: NYT

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Harvey Weinstein, who went from one of Hollywood's most powerful film producers to being disgraced by accusations of sexual assault by scores of women, is expected to surrender to police and face charges in New York on Friday morning, the New York Times reported.

Weinstein's spokesman Juda Engelmayer and Weinstein's lawyer Benjamin Brafman both declined to comment on the report, which cited two unidentified law enforcement officials.

More than 70 women have accused the co-founder of the Miramax studio and The Weinstein Co of sexual misconduct, including rape.


Morgan Freeman apologises after sexual harassment claims



Octogenarian Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman apologised on Thursday after a report of multiple sexual harassment accusations, making the actor the latest high-profile figure to face allegations of misconduct in the #MeToo era.

Sixteen people - eight of whom say they were victims - described to CNN a range of troubling behaviour by Freeman on production sets or promotional tours.

"Anyone who knows me or has worked with me, knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy," Freeman said in a statement.


Serena, Sharapova poised for French Open last-16 duel, Nadal gets dream draw



Three-time champion Serena Williams could face longtime rival Maria Sharapova in the French Open last-16 after Thursday's draw which also handed Rafael Nadal a dream route to an 11th title.

Serena, the champion in 2002, 2013 and 2015, will start against Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic.

Former world number one Williams, now ranked a lowly 453, is playing a Grand Slam for the first time since she won her 23rd major at the 2017 Australian Open after which she stepped off the tour to give birth to her daughter in September.


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